Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Not Fitting the Mold

If I had one wish it would be that people would stop stereotyping kids that don't fit or get along with the standard education models. Today I was at court with one of my children. I recently pulled her from the school system that was not a great match for her and began to home educate. Imagine my shock when the judge said she dropped out of school. She most certainly has not. Nor is she being homeschooled to avoid truancy laws. She is being homeschooled to rediscover herself with out the pressures of peers, administrators or others that want her to hang on to the bad girl title and place in the society. She is being home school to again gain the love of learning that she had as a child, before being put into the institution of school. She is being homeschooled to pursue her own interests instead of the cookie cutter mold that seems to be the norm until college. She is being home educated so she can create a closer bond to her family. She is being home educated so that she can be the guide to her future. She is being home educated so we can work on the bigger issues of depression, migraines and low self esteem. Not every kid fits into traditional brick and mortar schooling that became standard in the 1850's. It's funny that we look at new traditional schooling as the only way to get an education when so many we'll educated people in our history were self taught, well read, and filled with ambition and curiosity.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Homeschool Journey Begins

After an 8 year break I brought one of my children back home to home school. The biggest lessons I learned after a eight year struggle with public schooling this child.

1. Just like not all kids can be home school not all kids can be public schooled.
2. We come in all different shapes, learning styles and ability levels. To often even today the school setting often resembles a pre cut mold casing trying to duplicate the same student over and over again. This may be great for creating workers but does it create thinkers?
3. There are some really great teachers out there that spend lots of their out of school time and money to making sure your child's in school time is spent learning.
4. There are many reasons why traditional high school does not work with every student.
5. Parents need to do what is best for their child. It's not a debate or a bulling situation that some one from the outside should make.  Just because you survived traditional school does not always mean its the best place for your learner. Think about that many of us found out we learn best in non traditional places like online colleges and distant learning.

So what is one high scholar and mom going to do with this adventure make it memorable and educational. The adventure begins with Sonlight's Core 100 Teacher and Student IG and a good library card, sprinkle in some African American history off the kindle, whip in a side of biology from CK-12, drop in a once of SOS Math, stir in the child's own interests and we are off for a enjoyable ride. Care to join us or follow our adventure follow along on this blog.